to italy. if she refuses, the italian authorities could appeal to the u.s. government for her extradition. if the acquittal is upheld, it's case over. rudy gaudet, a native of the ivory coast who was raised here is serving a 16-year prison term for kercher's murder. now, before going in to the court this morning amanda knox's lawyer told reporters that amanda knox is confident in the italian justice system, and she's looking forward to returning to italy some day as a free woman. christine? >> all right, ben wedeman, thanks, ben, live in rome for us this morning. ahead on "starting point," after taking some painful hits, your wallet getting a little bit of a break at the gas pump. i'm going to tell you what's behind the price drop and whether it will last. >>> and a shocking claim, could a republican presidential candidate really endorse same-sex marriage by 2016. we'll break down karl rove's really interesting interview. [ male announcer ] how can power consumption in china, impact wool exports from new zealand, textile production in spain, and the use of medical technology in the u.s.?